Over 80 people attended the Partnership’s 13th annual Severn Estuary Forum this year for a day of discussion and debate on all things Severn Estuary. The event was intended for all those who are interested in learning about the latest research and policy developments involving the Severn Estuary and its future. The programme for this year’s Forum covered three themes: Connecting With Our Estuary’s Past; Our Estuary’s Resources; Planning for the Future. Opening remarks and a warm, inspiring welcome to Newport was provided by Councillor Jane Mudd, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing, Newport City Council.
To view the presentations, please use the links below.
Connecting with Our Estuary’s Past – Chaired by Andrew Marvell, Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust
- Restoring the Heritage of the Lower Severn Vale Levels – Miriam Woolnough, A Forgotten Landscape
- Discovering the Heritage of the Severn Estuary: The Newport Medieval Ship – Dr Toby Jones, Newport City Council
- Recapturing, Enhancing and Celebrating the Gwent Levels – Alison Boyes, Living Levels Landscape Partnership
Planning For Our Estuary’s Future – Chaired by John Buttivant, Severn Estuary Coastal Group
- Enhancing Stakeholder Engagement: Reflections on Marine Planning in the South West – Marine Management Organisation
- Cross-border Marine Planning & the Welsh National Marine Plan – Welsh Government
- Catchment Sensitive Farming on the Somerset Levels and Moors – Steve Marston, Natural England
- Severn Estuary Partnership: 2018 Round Up – Lucy Taylor, Severn Estuary Partnership
Our Estuary’s Resources – Chaired by John Harrison, Severn Estuary Partnership
- Aggregate Dredging in the Severn Estuary – Ed Skinner, Tarmac Marine, British Marine Aggregate Producers Association (BMAPA) & Nigel Griffiths, Hanson Aggregates Marine, BMAPA
- Challenges and Opportunities of Working Alongside the Severn Estuary – John Phillips, Associated British Ports
- Developing the Tourism Offer for a Sustainable Severn – Gerwyn Evans, Visit Wales
- Assessing the Value of Severn Estuary Habitats as Nurseries for Juvenile Fishes: Concepts and Approaches – Dr Ben Ciotti, University of Plymouth
This year we were delighted to be sponsored by Associated British Ports, The Bristish Marine Aggregates Producers Association (BMAPA) and the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University.
The event was also supported and promoted by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
The Partnership would like to thank this year’s speakers, session chairs, sponsors and supporters as well as delegates that attended. We hope you found the event interesting and engaging and we look forward to welcoming you to next year’s Forum!
The Severn Estuary Partnership Team